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City Manager Proposes Draft Budget for 2022

City Manager Chuck Strome’s draft budget for 2022 proposes enhanced investments in infrastructure and public safety staffing, while adhering to the State property tax cap.  Here’s a little more detail, as well as links to a presentation and the proposed budget itself.  The City Council will review the document during the weeks ahead and will have an opportunity to consider potential amendments prior to adopting a final budget in mid-December.

Everyone Deserves a Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you to Stop and Shop for a generous donation of 1,200 turkeys to HOPE Community Services and Feeding Westchester.  And thank you also to the NRPD and New Rochelle’s Parks & Rec staff for helping to transport the birds.  Everyone deserves a Happy Thanksgiving, and this donation will make a difference to many families in our city and region.

The BID is a BFD

For years now, “infrastructure week” has been a jokey shorthand for Washington’s inability to address big challenges.  That changed last night, when the House of Representatives approved the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, an ambitious $1 trillion package of essential investments in our nation’s future, including transportation, clean energy, climate resilience, and broadband.  Here’s detail.

President Biden, Speak Pelosi, and Senator Schumer deserve enormous credit for shepherding this once-in-a-generation plan through Congress, as do the Representatives and Senators who persevered through difficult negotiations to reach common ground.

The work isn’t done.  It’s essential now to follow up with a companion package that aims to expand economic opportunity, strengthen families, and further address the climate crisis.

But there’s no denying this is a big deal that will make a positive difference here in New Rochelle and in communities all across America, while demonstrating that principled, results-oriented national leadership really matters.

Congratulations to George, Tim, and Damon

Congratulations to George Latimer, Tim Idoni, and Damon Maher on their victories in yesterday’s Westchester County election.  And congratulations also to all the candidates around our region who prevailed in their contests, including Terry Clements and Catherine Parker, who represent portions of New Rochelle and ran unopposed.  I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with these outstanding public servants.  Full results here.

Penn Access on Track

It’s all systems go for Penn Access, the regional transit initiative that will link Metro-North’s New Haven line to Penn Station.  When the project is completed in about five years, New Rochelle will be an especially big beneficiary, boasting the closest station to NYC with direct service to both the east and west sides of Manhattan.  This week, local leaders received a briefing on the project from County Executive George Latimer and Metro-North officials.  I was pleased to join colleagues at every level of government in full support.  Here’s video of our press conference (my comments begin at about 17:45), and there’s more information in this release.

Heavy Rain Forecast for Tonight and Tomorrow

I’ve just sent the following message citywide.  Please use caution during the storm and stay safe.

Good afternoon. This is the City of New Rochelle with a storm alert.

Para espanol, oprima numero uno. 

Heavy rain is forecast for our area, beginning this evening, then intensifying early tomorrow morning and continuing through tomorrow afternoon, with the possibility of flash floods.

We urge residents to avoid unnecessary travel and use caution, particularly during tomorrow’s rush hour, when the storm may be especially intense.

The City has already cleared culverts and catch basins in flood prone areas and will continue monitoring conditions. Additional bulletins will follow, if warranted.

Meanwhile, some of us are still recovering from the remains of Hurricane Ida. If you have not applied for FEMA disaster assistance, the deadline is Monday December 6. The City webpage www.newrochelleny.com/idarecovery has more information.

And for the latest on the current storm, visit newrochelleny.com/stormupdates.

This has been Mayor Noam Bramson.  Thank you for listening, and stay safe. 

Halloween Canvass for County Dems

Signs of the season on my front lawn.

Election Day is just around the corner, and I am proud to support George Latimer, Tim Idoni, and Damon Maher in their reelection campaigns (along with Terry Clements and Catherine Parker, who are unopposed.)  If you’d like to get involved, here’s a great way to help: sign up to canvass for the Democratic ticket on Halloween.  We’ll be out on the early side, from 11am to 2pm, so that we don’t get in the way of trick-or-treaters.  Costumes optional.  More in this flyer or visit https://bit.ly/2021-canvass-party to join.

Build Back Better – New Ro

Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), New Rochelle has been awarded nearly $37 million over two years to address the impacts of the COVID pandemic and “build back better.”  Last night, the City Administration presented a proposed plan of action for utilizing our ARPA allocation.  In addition to complying with the ARPA’s guidelines and restrictions, this plan is also designed to “(1) avoid duplication with Federal, State, and County programming; (2) achieve a whole-of-community, not just governmental, recovery; (3) prioritize one-time expenditures with sustained, long-term impact; and (4) reach for transformative opportunities that might be unattainable without the ARPA’s unique infusion of resources.”  Read the whole plan here, as well as backup documentation related to green infrastructure, social infrastructure, and economic infrastructure.  The City Council will consider this proposal in the context of our 2022 budget.

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